TIFF 2018 Review: LET ME FALL (Iceland/Finland/Germany 2018) ***1/2

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Drawing on true stories and interviews with the families of addicts, this harrowing portrait of addiction follows Stella and Magnea through the decades as precarious teenage years morph into perilous adulthoods.

LET ME FALL follows the downward spiral of Magnea through decades from teenager to adult through drug addiction.  The trouble with Magnea is that she never ever genuinely wishes to turn her life around.  

She is happy to give blow jobs in to fat, ugly blokes in order to earn a fix.  In the film, there is an almost unwatchable scene in which she is forced to give one even before she showers and after that, gets punched up instead of him keeping his promise.  “Nobody wants you, you are ugly,” he says to her at another point in the film before throwing her out into the street.  One cannot but still feel sorry of Magnea.  

Magnea’s parents have given up on her because she has constantly lied to them and has failed to show any gratitude for their care.  LET ME FALL is understandably a very difficult film to watch.  It is set in the Icelandic capital of  Reykjavik.  Diretcor Baldvin  Z (LIFE IN A FISHBOWL) draws his film on true stories and interviews with the families of addicts.  Magnea and her friend Stella are portrayed by two different sets of actresses for their teen and adult years.  

The film alternates between their teen and adulthood, which sometimes  get a bit confusing.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PO_-KcTMQnU

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